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Sat
22
Sep

Misleading headline? Really?

We don't mind being corrected. It's not a big deal. In fact, it's part of what we signed on to do.
So when a county commissioner just blurts out during an open meeting in front of the public that we misrepresented a conversation, he should be able tell us at least one thing we got wrong. Right?
Wrong.
Tuesday, County Commissioner Ben Tisdel told the other commissioners, a sizable crowd and anyone else who cared for an opinion devoid of facts, that our article entitled "Road committee steers commissioners in direction of tax increase" (April 5, 2018), lacked accuracy.
Problem is, when asked during a break in the meeting what it was we got wrong, he couldn't say. He said unspecified town and city council members were erroneously led to believe the county was planning a new round of sales tax, and even though that very prospect was raised during that meeting, as we reported, Tisdel said that was misleading.

Sat
22
Sep

Support for wilderness

Dear Editor,
I write today about two wilderness initiatives that will favorably impact our region’s economy, ecosystem resiliency, watersheds, wildlife habitats and corridors, and recreation opportunities including hunting and fishing.  
First, a huge thank you to Sen. (Michael) Bennet, for the introduction of the San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act on April 19.  If passed, this legislation would designate additional wilderness acreage to both the current Mount Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas. In addition, the Act would create a new McKenna Peak Wilderness and the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area (to include Ice Lakes Basin and Hope Lake.)  You can learn more and show your support at sanjuanwilderness.org. Please thank Sen. Bennet at 202-224-5852. Then ask Sen. (Cory) Gardner to co-sponsor the bill by calling his office at 202-224-5941. Finally, encourage Rep. (Scott) Tipton to support the bill by reaching him at 202-225-4761.

Sat
22
Sep

Not owned by a hedge fund

Dear Editor,
First, congratulations on your CPA award, but sorry you were disappointed that it wasn’t “the big one.”
The many thanks are for your excellent work on your excellent paper, which I read thoroughly each week. When I read the commentary by Ms. Schlichtman (April 19), I realized, in honor of the first Colorado Journalism Week, it was time to let you know how much I’ve appreciated and enjoyed every issue. I’ve learned so much about this area just by reading them.
Your detailed reporting on BOCC and town council meetings has kept me informed and up-to-date on issues, plans, controversies. I know which 4WD roads are open and what birds are being seen. “High speed facts: know your broadband jargon” went perfectly with “Council raises concerns about broadband project.”
In short, you cover local news like a local. I hope you can survive the price increases (tariffs doing their good work already) and continue onward through the current fog.

Sat
22
Sep

Going broke in Holyoke

We can't win 'em all, and never has that been more true than in recent months in this newspaper business of ours.
For starters, at the annual Colorado Press Association convention this week, we won our share of awards - perhaps more.
But we didn't win the big one.
We were shooting for our third straight year of being named best in our class, which judges us against newspapers our size in Colorado. We walked away with the Editorial Excellence award, but got bested by the Holyoke Enterprise for best in class.
Admittedly, I don't know nuthin' about that paper. And, even though I was born in the Centennial State and have traveled around most of it, I had to do the Google on the intraweb to find Holyoke on the map.
It would be one thing to be beat out by the Post or Gazette, or even the Daily Sentinel for that matter. At least I'd know what we were up against.
But Holyoke? That's like going into the ring blindfolded.

Sat
22
Sep

Breaking the chains of routine, “flying exultantly under the stars”

“We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." John Steinbeck: “Travels With Charley.”

Sat
22
Sep

One toke over the state line

In its "Perspective" section Sunday, journalists at the Denver Post came out swinging at their owner, Digital First Media. Headlines blazed with revolt against the venture capitalist firm that will lay off another two dozen newsroom employees this week, piling up over seven dozen layoffs in that department in the past three years.
"Colo. should demand the newspaper it deserves," read one headline. "Who will step up and save The Denver Post?" read another. "Journalists don't protest. But this time is different," read yet another.
The pride of the Post, a 125-year Colorado tradition, has had its victories in recent years. It won the Denver and, yes, state war for newspaper dominance when the Rocky Mountain News, established in 1859, published its last edition on Feb. 27, 2009. Since 2000, the Post has won five of its nine Pulitzer Prizes, pulling down four in a row from 2010-2013.
But will its journalists win a battle with the people who hold the purse strings?

Tue
17
Apr

On the move again

Here we go again, although it's been three years since we last said that.
The lease for our 8th Avenue office is up at the end of May. We could have renewed for another three years, but it's a lot of space, and usually I'm the only one there. Literally, there are weeks where I can count on one finger the number of visitors we get. So much is done by mail, email, phone and the interweb.
The building's ownership will, from what we're told, change hands at the beginning of May, and that was the final kick to send us scurrying for office space. If you think it's difficult to find affordable housing, try affordable or available commercial space!
We found a spot, a bit tucked away, in the Old School House in Ridgway. There's a lot going on in the new building. RIGS Fly Shop is front and center. Behind it is Middleton Accounting, Kaadi Massage, Weehawken's dance classes and probably something else I haven't seen.

Tue
17
Apr

The medium is the message

I read a few things that got me thinking about the Denver Post, bloodletting, local journalism, craft beer and social media.
One was in the Colorado Springs Gazette this week, penned by its editor, Vince Bzdek. He noted how thankful he is that the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper he works for is owned by a Coloradan who has a stake in the state and ultimately skin in the game when it comes to the Gazette and its community.
Surrounding this, Bzdek spends much of his piece hammering the ownership of the Denver Post, which recently cut 30 more newsroom positions, for a total of 75 newsroom cuts in the past three years, by what Bzdek terms a "vulture capitalist" firm, one that has also been playing Whack-A-Mole on journalists at the Oakland Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Orange County Register.

Sun
25
Feb
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The enemy within

"Alan!" she pushed from the bottom of her lungs in a hurried whisper, immediately waking me from deep sleep. She rarely calls me by my name, unless there's trouble, and it's usually due to trouble that I've created.
"Alan!" she screams again in her loudest whispered tone. I give her the attention any man gives his wife at times like these…that cautioned, certain look that says something's wrong and I'm about to be told it's my fault.
"I was sitting in the living room reading and I heard the garage door open," she said.
Well, that gets me off the hook.
"Which one?" I asked, sitting up in bed, suddenly refocused on the fact that she said my name twice instead of the half-dozen or so names she uses depending on the occasion.
"Mine," she said, meaning the overhead door on the side of the garage where she pulls in.
"What time is it?" I ask.

Sun
25
Feb
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The desensitization of killing

Dear Editor,

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